Bryan's Blog

  • How Overseas Innovations Are Changing The U.S. Shopping Trip

    February 13, 2018

    Who needs salespeople in the store when you can get recommendations via vending machines or avatars? These are among the innovations shaping the shopping trip in Asia and Europe, and potentially in the United States. Here’s why shoppers should be happy.

  • German Lessons: What Walmart Could Have Learned From Lidl, And Vice Versa

    February 9, 2018

    Walmart’s surprise closing of 63 Sam’s Clubs was soon followed by Lidl’s decision to cut back its U.S. expansion plans. Both have something in common: struggling to adapt to the other chain’s territory. On this front, Walmart and Lidl can teach each other a few things.

  • 6 Reasons An Amazon-Target Merger Could Be Bad For Shoppers

    January 25, 2018

    A report that Amazon might take over Target in 2018 has the retail industry buzzing, but what would it look like if the deal did go through? For many shoppers, there could be downsides along with upsides. Here are six questions shoppers should ask.

  • Retailers Want Your Business: 5 Great Opportunities For Shoppers In 2018

    January 22, 2018

    The past year presented great challenges for much of the retail sector, and only those brands with a passion to accommodate consumer and economic whims proved their resilience. The result for shoppers will be several great opportunities in the year ahead. Here are the top five.

  • Is It Time To Hit The Restart Button On Omnichannel? Take Our Quiz

    January 16, 2018

    In their pursuits of omnichannel presence, many retailers managed only to become pervasive, not essential. As they march into a new year, retailers should question if their strategies are more of the same. This quiz will help determine if omnichannel is an illusion or the real deal.

  • 18 Retail Facts Involving The Number 18, For 2018

    January 9, 2018

    From the average size of a Walmart store to mobile ad spending, the number 18 not only signifies a new year — it also can be used to illuminate many facets of a large and shifting industry. Here are 18 facts involving the number 18 as it relates to retail.